Harry Kane is "gutted" Tottenham lost the Champions League final but believes they will come back stronger next year.

Kane was selected by Mauricio Pochettino to face Liverpool in Saturday's showpiece despite having been out since early April with an ankle injury.

Mohamed Salah converted a contentious penalty in the second minute and Divock Origi struck late after coming off the bench to earn the Reds a 2-0 win and their sixth European Cup.

Kane struggled to make an impact, contributing just 11 passes and 26 touches and only managing to record a single shot at goal despite playing the full 90 minutes.

But as the England captain thanked Spurs supporters for their backing, Kane promised his team will bounce back from losing their first ever Champions League final.

"Gutted we couldn't get the job done last night. We'll learn from it and come back stronger next year," Kane wrote on Twitter.

"Thanks to our fans for your unbelievable support home and away this season. You've been incredible."

Kane will hope to put the disappointment of Madrid behind him when he leads England into the Nations League Finals.

The Three Lions, bidding for a first major international trophy since winning the World Cup in 1966, face Netherlands in the semis.

Gareth Southgate's side will take on either Switzerland or hosts Portugal in the final if they come through that last-four clash.

Kieran Trippier accepts he does not deserve to be in England's squad for the Nations League Finals due to his poor Tottenham form.

Trippier was one of the stars of the 2018 World Cup, shining in the Three Lions' run to the last four and opening the scoring in their semi-final loss to Croatia with a stunning free-kick.

But the right-back's performances have since dipped and he did not make the cut for Gareth Southgate's squad, with Kyle Walker and Trent Alexander-Arnold preferred to battle it out for the right-back berth.

Trippier tasted further disappointment on Saturday when his Tottenham side lost to Liverpool in the final of the Champions League and the 28-year-old knows he has to improve.

"If the manager selects me to play, I will always give everything I can," the defender told Sky Sports.

"Everybody makes mistakes - I have made plenty this season but I am the one to own up to them. I have had plenty of interviews about my performances this season and it has not been good at all. I am the first one to say that.

"I had a good chat with Gareth. I am grateful for all the opportunities he has given me. I know what I need to do to get back into that England team. I know I need to be playing better and, rightly so, I am not in the squad because I have not been performing well.

"Trent and Walks have been doing unbelievable this season. They deserve to be playing and I don't. It's as simple as that and I know that for a fact.

"I need to regroup now at the end of the season and get fully fit and try and catch Gareth Southgate's eye. I am the first one to know if I played badly. It is something you can learn from. I am happy the season is gone. The England situation is a tough one to take but I am willing to accept Gareth's decision."

Trippier has been linked with leaving Tottenham ahead of 2019-20, with Juventus and Napoli both reportedly keen to take him to Serie A.

"I am happy to be here [Tottenham]," he added. "It is a great squad. In football things happen so quickly. I have had a great few years here.

"But it is just one of them. I will enjoy my rest, come back in pre-season and have a talk with the manager and see what is next."

Mohamed Salah spent a moment looking at a picture of Liverpool's 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the 2018 Champions League final to motivate him ahead of their triumph over Tottenham.

Salah converted a second-minute penalty in Liverpool's 2-0 victory at the Wanda Metropolitano, and moments earlier he had been in the dressing room reminding himself of the pain he experienced in Kiev 12 months prior.

The Egypt international lasted 25 minutes of the 2018 final, leaving the field with a shoulder injury following a challenge from Madrid's Sergio Ramos, and he said the memory of that night drove him on as he took to the field against Spurs.

"I looked at the picture from last year before the game," said Salah.

"We were disappointed after the final and now we are back and have won it again, the sixth time for Liverpool. It is something great.

"I was very disappointed that I got injured and went off and we lost the game. It was something to motivate me to win.

"I didn't look at the picture for a long time. You can feel what you can beat so I just looked at it one time and said, 'Okay, let’s go.'"

Salah underlined the importance of Liverpool's defeat in Kiev even further by suggesting it was fate that the Reds would lose.

Asked whether he believed they were destined to bounce back and claim the trophy in 2019, he replied: "I do. Absolutely.

"Our job is more mental and you have to believe in yourself before the game. You could see the players; we were believing in ourselves in the game.

"I think everything happens for a reason and the reason for us to lose the final last season was to come back and win it again."

Looking ahead to 2019-20, Salah set his sights on achieving a first league title for 30 years to a set of fans who will believe the Reds can pip Manchester City next season.

Liverpool last won the league in 1989-90 but the sense of hope that Jurgen Klopp can end the wait to become Premier League champions has strengthened after the German delivered the first silverware of his tenure.

Salah added: "We will go next season for the Premier League. This season was the first season we were really fighting for the Premier League, last season we were basically fighting for the Champions League.

"The average age [of the squad] is 26 or 27, so we still have young players.

"It is good experience for us to win the trophy now and also last season we learned a lot."

Lucas Moura admitted Tottenham had enough chances to avoid defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League final but spoke of his pride at their achievements in Europe this season.

The Brazil international came on in the second half of Spurs' 2-0 reverse in Madrid, where Mohamed Salah's second-minute penalty and Divock Origi's late strike settled a drab final in Liverpool's favour.

Lucas fired tamely at Reds goalkeeper Alisson when a chance fell to him, while further opportunities were squandered by Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min as Tottenham failed to show the kind of confidence in front of goal that saw them stun Manchester City and Ajax in previous rounds.

Asked whether the better side won, Lucas said: "I don't think there is any question of being better or not.

"They have been able to take the opportunities they have had. It's a final. We had opportunities, we didn't score.

"It was very difficult. I am very sad, but I am very proud of my team, of the season we did.

"We have to keep our heads up and look ahead."

Like Lucas, Fernando Llorente struggled to turn the game in Tottenham's favour after coming on as a second-half substitute.

The striker said he was confident Spurs would return for another shot at a major trophy before too long, while lamenting the fact that they were some way short of their best against Liverpool.

Llorente said: "It's a tough day, I think we just let a unique opportunity go but we weren't able to change the match after their first goal.

"It was hard to take it. It's sad because I believed in this team but we couldn't give all our best to fight for the match.”

Asked if Spurs can reach the final again, he replied: "I don't have any doubt. Tottenham is a club that has grown a lot in recent years.

"It's an impressive club and I am pretty sure Tottenham will play another final like this sooner than later."

Dele Alli called for Tottenham to use the pain of defeat against Liverpool in the Champions League final to drive them on next season, but admitted that missing out on Europe's top prize was "heartbreaking".

The England midfielder missed a number of opportunities at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, where goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi earned Liverpool glory in the continent's biggest competition for the sixth time on Saturday.

Tottenham will be in the Champions League again next season after finishing fourth in the Premier League and Alli said the memory of losing in Madrid could become a tool they use to better themselves.

"It's heartbreaking, no one is really speaking," the 25-year-old told reporters.

"We have to keep working, keep improving and take the feeling we have now of disappointment, that hurt and use it to drive us on.

"It’s been an amazing journey and I'd just like to say thanks to the fans for all their support.

"I'm sorry we couldn’t get over the final hurdle, but it's a great learning curve and as I said, we have to keep this feeling inside of us, this hurt and take it into next season."

Alli struggled with injuries this season and scored five goals in 25 Premier League appearances – his lowest tally in a campaign since he joined the club in February 2015.

Tottenham's form fluctuated across the course of a season that saw the club move into its new home, but Alli said the experience of the last 12 months would stand the players in good stead.

"It's time to reflect on what could have been," he said.

"At the same time, and it's difficult now, but we also have to look at how far we’ve come in reaching this final.

"It's hard to take the positives right now but over time, players, staff and fans, when we look back at the journey together. This isn't the end."

Jurgen Klopp described the Champions League trophy as "the people's cup" as he and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson headed home to Merseyside to parade the silverware they won in Madrid on Saturday night.

The Reds emerged from a night of celebrations in high spirits on Sunday morning, after goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi helped to secure the club's sixth triumph in Europe's top competition at the expense of Tottenham.

The victory ensured a fine season did not go unrewarded and Klopp's delight for his players was clear to see, but he said the glory would become real when the team returned home on Sunday.

"We are looking forward to Liverpool now," Klopp told Sky Sports.

"People said there will be a million people [attending the parade] and that will be special.

"I think that will be the moment when we really understand what we did. It is for the people, it’s the people's cup.

"We will see the joy in their faces, being close to them with the team. That doesn’t happen a lot and it will be amazing."

Klopp said he spent some time with the trophy in the Liverpool dressing room after the game and had the chance to "cuddle it a little bit" but it was skipper Henderson who carried it onto the team bus to the airport in Madrid.

The 28-year-old was in tears on the pitch at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano after the game, and he said being a Champions League winner would take some time to get used to.

"It feels amazing," said Henderson. "It still hasn’t sunk in properly, to be honest.

"But we're looking forward to taking it back to Liverpool to show the fans. Amazing night

"All the lads can't wait. We just want to get back and party in Liverpool."

Arsene Wenger believes Liverpool's Champions League triumph under Jurgen Klopp is typical of the club and the city.

The Reds claimed their sixth success in Europe's premier competition by beating Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid on Saturday – Divock Origi's late goal sealing glory after Mohamed Salah established a second-minute lead from the penalty spot.

Liverpool needed an improbable semi-final comeback against Barcelona to earn their shot at glory and former Arsenal boss Wenger marvelled at what they achieved this season.

"Liverpool is the city of the music, of the working class and of football. We have seen an example tonight that it goes all well together," he told beIN Sports while working as a pundit alongside Jose Mourinho.

"For everybody who has managed in England, we know Liverpool is a special place for football and that is why they can always make miracles."

Liverpool also reached last season's final, where they lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in Kiev.

While Wenger felt a scrappy encounter with Spurs showed how Jurgen Klopp's team can improve in technical terms, he believes they arguably have even more valuable qualities that must be preserved under their inspirational manager.

"Sometimes you are in a position with a team where you want to improve the team but without destroying your strong points," he said.

"They need maybe, to dominate European football, to improve the technical level, But as well they might lose what is their strength at the moment – that solidarity, their fighting spirit.

"In our jobs we know we need to improve the team but then, by improving one aspect, you destroy what made you win."

Sadio Mane hinted at a Liverpool stay as he vowed to deliver more trophies for the club after winning the Champions League.

A Mohamed Salah penalty and Divock Origi strike saw Liverpool overcome Tottenham 2-0 in the decider in Madrid on Saturday.

After helping the Premier League giants win a sixth European Cup/Champions League crown, Mane – who has been linked with Real Madrid – said the squad would push on.

"We have more things to come," he said, via the club's website.

"We will do everything to win [more] trophies with this squad."

The star attacker added: "We are very proud and very happy to win this trophy. The dream has come true.

"I could not have anything better."

Mane produced a good display in the final, but Liverpool needed some fine stops from goalkeeper Alisson to secure their win.

The Senegal international believes Brazil shot-stopper Alisson deserves to be recognised as the world's best.

"I can't describe how good Alisson was – I saw him make incredible saves for us," Mane said.

"We are very happy to have him in our squad. He makes us even better. For me he is the best in the world."

Jurgen Klopp was delighted for Jordan Henderson after the Liverpool captain continued to silence critics by winning the Champions League.

Henderson helped Klopp's men to a 2-0 win over Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid on Saturday.

The England midfielder has been the subject of criticism during his time at Anfield, where he arrived in 2011, and Klopp was thrilled for the 28-year-old.

"I'm happy for the boys. You know what people said about a couple of players of this team," he told a news conference.

"Jordan Henderson is captain of the Champions League winner 2019 – that's satisfying actually.

"That Millie [James Milner] did it at the age of 33. They are all very important, but I can say again, without Millie's dressing-room talks before the game – with a non-native manager – I think it would not be possible. It's so important."

A Mohamed Salah penalty and Divock Origi strike helped Liverpool secure their first trophy since Klopp took charge in late 2015.

Klopp was full of praise for his players, who led the club to their sixth European Cup/Champions League crown.

"All the things they did during the weeks, how they lifted when we had little downs, it's just incredible," he said.

"Tonight is really emotional, that's my main feeling, it's overwhelming, all that stuff. It feels really good but I'm much calmer than I thought I would be when it finally happened.

"It was not important to me to touch the cup or whatever. I loved the pictures when the boys had it, I loved it when I saw a few faces in the stands. That gave me everything I need.

"Tomorrow, going to Liverpool and having something to celebrate, that's big and I'm really looking forward to that."

Robbie Fowler believes Liverpool's Champions League victory will lead to more silverware under manager Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool claimed their sixth European Cup/Champions League title by defeating Premier League rivals Tottenham 2-0 at Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on Saturday.

Mohamed Salah and substitute Divock Origi were on target as Liverpool – who finished a point adrift of Manchester City in the league – won their maiden trophy under Klopp and first since 2011-12.

Reds great Fowler – winner of the UEFA Cup, Super Cup, FA Cup and EFL Cup during his time on Merseyside – backed Klopp's men to enjoy further success.

"Liverpool are well and truly back on the world stage, it will only snowball, and grow even more," Fowler wrote for the Mirror. "Taking that step, getting over the line for the first time with a real piece of silverware is massive. It's the process all sides must go through, a fundamental experience on the path to being an elite-level side.

"People look at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson, and they see the cabinet full of silverware as confirmation they were always winners. But they had to lose the title, painfully, before they got over the line. Liverpool have been the same.

"They are a growing team, a young team that is still learning and still lacks experience. You could see that in the nerves they clearly displayed in what was a poor first half.

"Their inexperience told last year in the final. Real Madrid just had too much knowledge for them in the end. Once Mo Salah was injured, they didn't have the experience to deal with it.

"It's a process. A painful one at times. Yet they came back. They came all the way to Madrid, for another Champions League final, and another step on the way. A step that takes them into that group at the very summit of the world game."

"Liverpool have a side that is already at the top, and will only get better," Fowler continued. "The prospect is slightly frightening. They've finished second with 97 points, swept the likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona aside to get back into the final and are still nowhere near the height of their potential. Winning a trophy unlocks that potential."

Fowler – now head coach of A-League side Brisbane Roar – added: "When Liverpool won the Champions League in 2005, when we lost it in 2007, I don't think there was quite the sense that the club was on the verge of something like it is now. With Jurgen Klopp there for at least three more years and none of his stars likely to leave, they will grow, no doubt."

Jurgen Klopp was relieved after winning the Champions League as he praised Liverpool's owners for never pressuring his team.

Liverpool claimed their first trophy since Klopp took charge in late 2015, beating Tottenham 2-0 in a lacklustre decider in Madrid on Saturday.

While Klopp has overseen clear progress at the helm, there was still plenty of talk about the lack of silverware since his arrival at Anfield.

The German had lost his previous six finals and he was left satisfied after finally claiming success at the Wanda Metropolitano.

"I feel mostly relieved to be honest, relieved for my family actually because they are pretty close to me, as you can imagine," Klopp told a news conference.

"And the last six times, we always flew on holiday with the silver medal, which doesn't feel too cool. And this is completely different this year, so it's for them as well. And that's great.

"It's for our supporters, but for our owners as well, because they never put real pressure on us, they appreciate the development, they see the steps we make. It's for them as well, it's great.

"[It's] for the players – we were all pretty much crying on the pitch because it was so emotional, it was so big, it means so much to us."

Mohamed Salah's second-minute penalty put Liverpool in control before a rather dull final was sealed by Divock Origi in the 87th minute.

Klopp said the break of almost three weeks between games and warm weather in Spain contributed to the battle against Spurs.

"I've lost a lot more finals than I've won obviously, and we always played better football," he said.

"Tonight, it was a big challenge for both teams to deal with the three weeks, because you never have a period where you have three weeks with no game.

"So [it's a matter of] keeping the rhythm or getting the rhythm back actually. Then, obviously there were different circumstances for two English teams tonight; it was pretty warm.

"So, you saw that it was a fight and the final is about the result."

Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris does not think they can expect to reach another Champions League final soon following Saturday's defeat to Liverpool.

Spurs were beaten 2-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano in their first appearance in European club football's showpiece match, as the Reds became champions of the continent for the sixth time.

Mohamed Salah opened the scoring from the penalty spot inside two minutes before Divock Origi's late strike condemned Spurs to defeat, despite Mauricio Pochettino's side enjoying large spells of possession.

Lloris has now suggested it could be difficult for Spurs to get to this stage of the competition again.

"I don't think Tottenham is the type of club to challenge for the Champions League every season, we have to be honest," he said.

"But one thing is sure: we are ambitious, and we try to reduce the gap to the best teams in Europe, step by step.

"I think in three years we showed a lot of improvement, a lot of development in the right direction, probably with the new stadium it will bring fresh air and confidence towards the team, towards the club, towards the fans, and there is a lot of things to learn from this defeat. Now it's up to us to get back into work and come back stronger next season.

"It's difficult to have the right judgement. The only thing is to stay positive and we can only be proud of what we have done this season. To bring the club into the Champions League final is already a big step."

Salah scored after Moussa Sissoko was penalised for blocking Sadio Mane's cross with his arm with barely 30 seconds of the match gone.

There was no VAR intervention despite some debate over whether the ball struck Sissoko clearly on his arm or his chest, but Lloris was not prepared to blame the officials.

"It's part of football," he said. "I think he took the decision very early, so I think he was sure. You have to accept that. But it was not easy for us to come back into the game, even if we tried to stick with the principle and we tried to play like we used to do.

"But we didn't create too much, unfortunately. In the last 15 minutes, we tried to push by shooting from long distance, but it was not enough today.

"We don't have to blame the referee. On the image, I think the ball touched probably the hand of Moussa but then it's the perception of you, or the fans… there is nothing to say."

Mauricio Pochettino felt the aftermath of Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League final was not the time to discuss his Tottenham future.

Spurs' surprise run to the European showpiece fell at the final hurdle in Madrid, with Divock Origi sealing glory for their Premier League counterparts after Mohamed Salah dispatched a second-minute penalty.

Pochettino was linked with high-profile vacancies at Manchester United and Real Madrid earlier this year and sparked fresh speculation after Spurs' semi-final comeback triumph at Ajax, suggesting a Champions League final might be the perfect end-point to his five years at the helm in north London.

Speaking at the Wanda Metropolitano, the Argentine manager was not in a similar mood to spark headlines this time around.

"I think it is not a moment now to talk too much. You can interpret in a different way," Pochettino told a post-match news conference.

"Some people want to be clever and compare me to different managers and they don't know that we are in a different project, in a different position.

"The people want to be more clever and they want to give an opinion without argument.

"After five years in Tottenham, it was so clear the project and the commitment from our players was amazing – providing for the club, for the first time in our history, the chance to play in a Champions League final.

"Now is a time to stay calm and start to change the mood, change our mind and, for sure, we are going to have time to talk."

Pochettino selected England captain Harry Kane from the start despite the striker not featuring since injuring his ankle during April's quarter-final first leg win against Manchester City.

Kane completed 90 minutes but was largely ineffective as Spurs' attacking spearhead, although Pochettino did not reject a decision that saw semi-final hero Lucas Moura start on the bench.

"You create a history or a drama when there wasn't a drama," he said. "It's not about playing with Harry Kane, Lucas Moura or Son – that is not the thing that is important.

"It's a decision and for me, of course, Harry Kane after one month and a half [injured] finished the game fresh. He did not score, like the other players.

"My decision was based on analytics and thinking with all the information. I do not regret my decision."

Virgil van Dijk insists Lionel Messi should win the Ballon d'Or despite his own star turn in a victorious Champions League final for Liverpool.

Centre-back Van Dijk was named man of the match as Jurgen Klopp's side claimed the trophy with a 2-0 win over Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Liverpool went ahead inside two minutes through a Mohamed Salah penalty and were grateful to Van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson for keeping Spurs at bay before Divock Origi sealed the win with a late second.

Van Dijk won the PFA Players' Player of the Year for his performances in the Premier League in 2018-19 and is likely to be among the favourites for the next Ballon d'Or after his display on Saturday.

However, the Netherlands international said there should only be one candidate.

"I think Messi is the best player in the world," he told reporters. "He deserves it as long as he plays, so the Ballon d'Or is not something I'm thinking of. If it happens obviously I would take it, but I don't think there is any [chance].

"He is still the best player in the world. It doesn't matter if he's not in the Champions League final."

Alisson made some impressive stops in the second half to help Liverpool to glory, a year after they were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in a final in which Loris Karius took the blame for some costly errors.

Van Dijk, though, does not think a change in goalkeeper was key to their success this time.

"It's not the main difference," he said. "Football is not about one player. We win together, we lose together.

"Ali was there to save us from a couple of shots from Son [Heung-min] and everyone was trying to do their bit for the team.

"In the second half we were a bit sitting back, they put pressure on us, looked a bit dangerous - it happens in games. But we prepared for it, you know there are moments in games where you're going to have difficulties."

Much of the build-up to the Champions League final from a Tottenham standpoint focused on the fitness of star striker Harry Kane.

The England captain had not featured since the quarter-final first-leg win over Manchester City at the start of April and he faced a race against time to be fit to face Liverpool in Madrid on Saturday.

Debate raged over whether Kane should be named in Mauricio Pochettino's XI after fellow forward Lucas Moura hit a hat-trick in the semi-final second leg against Ajax.

But Kane was selected from the start, with Lucas left on the bench, and he failed to fire as Spurs were beaten 2-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Pochettino might have considered it a risk worth taking in the biggest match in Tottenham's history, but the gamble backfired.

The numbers told the story as Kane - usually known for his shoot-on-sight policy - mustered just one shot in the entire 90 minutes. Lucas managed two in a 24-minute cameo.

Meanwhile, Kane contributed just 11 passes and 26 touches as he failed to regularly get involved in the play. Of the Spurs starters, Kane ranked in last place by some distance for both.

The 25-year-old at least put himself about up against Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip, contesting more duels (12) than any other player on the pitch - winning half of them.

An off-colour Kane committed two fouls and was fouled on three occasions as he struggled to find any rhythm.

And the 2018 World Cup Golden Boot winner lost possession nine times in total on an evening he will surely hope to quickly forget.

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